Gandhi

2016-10-18T18:51:02+00:00

Very little survives a man’s death. I have commented before that most of the “Great’s” from history did not write [...]

Gandhi 2016-10-18T18:51:02+00:00

Shimla mountains and a happy meeting

2016-10-18T18:51:17+00:00

When you travel through a country, especially if you are using a published travel guide, you are walking a well trodden path. Indeed maybe a thousand people are doing it with you simultaneously. This has a very strong effect over time, as more and more guest houses start catering only to the backpacker and spring up all along the route, which had myriad knock-on effects. Such as: taxi services who know the guide books better than you do and hordes of travellers at ever corner all "experiencing" the local atmosphere; all the time failing to realise that they are in a "bubble" like a Disney theme park ride.

Shimla mountains and a happy meeting 2016-10-18T18:51:17+00:00

Jodhpur

2016-10-18T18:51:28+00:00

Cesca left me snoozing in our room and went out to the roof top café/restaurant to take some photos of [...]

Jodhpur 2016-10-18T18:51:28+00:00

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Backpacker: The Moth Story

2016-10-18T18:51:34+00:00

As a traveller you know, and even expect, the unknown to occur. You want this; for some it’s the whole point of leaving their home in the first place. It’s usually to do with the fun stuff like walking the Great Wall, eating Sushi in Tokyo Fish Market or jumping off a bridge in New Zealand with only an elastic band to prevent your death.

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Backpacker: The Moth Story 2016-10-18T18:51:34+00:00

Udaipur

2016-10-18T18:51:39+00:00

Udaipur is famous for many reasons. To those in the west it is mostly known for its gleaming white Jag [...]

Udaipur 2016-10-18T18:51:39+00:00

Bodh Gaya Part 2 and onwards to Sarnath

2016-10-18T18:51:47+00:00

Eating food in India is no joke. On one hand there are high-end coffee cafes that have prices that could only make sense to the gainfully employed. High-end coffee needs to be carefully metered out as it is too comforting and familiar a western experience to eat in such a cafe. Not only does it take you away from your local-encounters in this mighty country, but also takes a large amount of Indian coin from your purse and that directly affects how much you have to spend on the fun things.

Bodh Gaya Part 2 and onwards to Sarnath 2016-10-18T18:51:47+00:00

Mysore

2016-10-18T18:52:11+00:00

In India, catching a tuk tuk and negotiating the fare – or even the simple existence of the destination – is a national pastime. Not one driver, in three months, took us where we wanted to go without comment, argument or an all out fight. At first, this grates on the nerves and then you cant help but be brought down by it. Then you feel victimised for being western and (relatively) rich. You start to think that they are all out to get you personally. However, it is none of these; it is an official sport. Take it as a sport, a sparring match, and you suddenly find it fun.

Mysore 2016-10-18T18:52:11+00:00

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Review

2016-10-18T18:53:25+00:00

Cesca and I sat in the heat of the Mumbai movie theatre around the corner from the Victoria Station – that defining landmark at the centre of the city – and waited for the film to start. All around us were packed in hundreds of the Mumbai crowd. I scanned their faces. The film was in English with no subtitles, other than those found in the international edition, so most of the audience were those more educated types who understand English very well. None-the-less, I was sure that all over the city a large variety of people packed in to cinemas and movie houses to see this film and its greatest star.

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Review 2016-10-18T18:53:25+00:00